AN AUTOMATED PROGRAMMING TOOL FOR FPGA-BASED RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$65,000.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
27444
Agency Tracking Number:
27444
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2608 Sweetgum Dr, Apex, NC, 27502
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
David E Van Den Bout
(919) 387-1302
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
FIELD PROGRAMMABLE GATE ARRAYS (FPGAS) AND FIELD PROGRAMMABLE INTERCONNECT DEVICES (FPIDS) HAVE THE ABILITY TO INTEGRATE THOUSANDS OF LOGIC GATES ON A SMALL BOARD IN WHICH THE INTERCONNECTIONS CAN BE COMPLETELY REARRANGED WITHIN MILLISECONDS WITHOUT MANUAL EFFORT. USING FPGAS AND FPIDS, IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO CONSTRUCT A SINGLE BOARD FOR A PC THAT CAN ACT AS A FAX, ISDN INTERFACE, LAN INTERFACE, VIDEO COMPRESSOR, COPROCESSOR, OR ANY OTHER FUNCTION THAT CAN BE BUILT USING LOGIC GATES. A MAJOR OBSTACLE TO USING A PRACTICAL RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEM IS THE LACK OF SOFTWARE TOOLS TO AID IN DESIGNING APPLICATIONS TO RUN ON SUCH SYSTEMS. THIS RESEARCH WILL EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING A TOOL FOR MAPPING LOGIC DESIGNS TO ARBITRARY RECONFIGURABLE ARCHITECTURES. THIS SOFTWARE TOOL WILL USE NEW TECHNIQUES FROM STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND NEURAL NETWORKS TO AUTOMATE THE SEARCH FOR GOOD SOLUTIONS. FLEXIBILITY WILL BE BUILT IN SO IT CAN BE USED WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF FPGAS, FPIDS, AND INTERCONNECTION ARRANGEMENTS. SUCH A TOOL INCREASES THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR RECONFIGURABLE SYSTEMS, WHICH INCREASES THE NUMBER OF SUCH SYSTEMS SOLD.

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